Los Angeles Rams General Manager was seen at Ole Miss' Pro Day today:
All right, here we go- Just spotted Les Snead at Ole Miss Pro Day #NFLDraft #Rams— RosterWatch (@RosterWatch) March 28, 2016
The Rams have likely had representatives at several of this year's pro days, but this one stands out for three reasons: it's Les Snead and not someone lower on the totem pole, it's Ole Miss with their stable of prospects and the frequency we've seen WR Laquon Treadwell pushed to the Rams in mock drafts.
Snead's personal attendance could be indicative of the Rams' serious interest in the Ole Miss prospect crop, or it could be that the quality of the three major prospects coming out of Ole Miss (Treadwell, OT Laremy Tunsil and DL Robert Nkemdiche) brought so much NFL representation from other teams that it warranted Snead showing up himself.
Those three prospects, all part of Ole Miss' banner 2013 class, headlined the roster in participation today:
- G Justin Bell
- FS Chief Brown
- OT Fahn Cooper
- WR Cody Core
- SS Trae Elston
- DT Woodrow Hamilton
- CB Mike Hilton
- ILB C.J. Johnson
- G Aaron Morris
- DL Robert Nkemdiche
- ILB Christian Russell
- WR Laquon Treadwell
- OT Laremy Tunsil
- RB Jaylen Walton
- DE Channing Ward
Three other Rebels (DL Bryon Bennett, LB Serderius Bryant and WR Vince Sanders) also participated as former prospects who are still trying to crack the league.
Along with the major three who are all likely first round selections (though I suppose Nkemdiche could fall into the second), Cooper is perhaps the next prospect to get drafted. I could see him as an early Day 3 guy. Same goes for Core who, at 6' 3", is going to get plenty of attention as a redzone threat. I'd guess up to five others could get drafted, but the difference between a late draft pick and many UDFAs is often really thin.
The big news of the day was Treadwell's 4.63 40-yard dash time mainly because many people are stupid:
Treadwell ran in low 4.6's on second 40. That may drop him out of first round. Somewhere in 20's at best— Greg Gabriel (@greggabe) March 28, 2016
Treadwell topped 200 receptions and 2,250 yards in his three* seasons in the SEC as he consistently faced the best cornerbacks opposition could throw at him, but sure. Throw out the tape and just draft someone based on their 40-yard dash time...
In any case, it's fair to wonder if Quon was the reason the Rams were in attendance. I'm behind in catching up with the major mock drafts, but as of writing this Treadwell is the secondmost mocked target for the Rams at just under 30% of major mocks. Brandon Bate wondered if the Rams are sincerely interested in Treadwell on Friday.
In the end, it might not be indicative of much that Snead was in attendance...but it'll certainly be something we can point back to if any of these Rebels land with the Rams in a month's time.